Betty Jo Walters passed away Sept. 17, 2017, at the age of 91, at home with her daughter Sherry Walters and son Randy Walters by her side following a long battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 12, 1926, in Greensburg, Kansas, to Harold “Bud” and Uila Northup.
Her family — including her two sisters Jean and Gwen — moved to Sterling, Colorado, where they grew up.
She met her husband Richard “Dick” J. Walters in Sterling. He was passing through Sterling while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Betty Jo’s father met Dick downtown and invited him to dinner with the family. It was love before dinner was through, and they married within a year. They lived a loving happy life together until Dick’s passing on Sept. 22, 1999.
She always loved telling about how they met, and would laugh when she talked about walking in for dinner and meeting her future husband for the first time. She had been out riding her horse that afternoon and the saddle slipped causing her to fall, leaving her with a black eye.
Following the war, they lived in Estes Park, Colorado, for a few years and then moved to Greeley, Colorado, where they lived 19 years. The family then lived in Twin Falls, Idaho, for about four years. At that time, the whole family moved to Grants Pass and lived there for many wonderful years.
Betty Jo loved coming to Brookings and taking their boat out fishing, often with their grandchildren. They moved to Bend and when her husband retired shortly after, they traveled the United States in their motor home and had many exciting and fun experiences to share.
Betty Jo moved to Brookings in 2002 with her daughter from Sacramento, California. She enjoyed and cherished all life experiences and had the wonderful ability to find something good in every experience. She loved to draw and paint, and was so talented. Her paintings are so beautiful. She enjoyed being an active member of Red Hats and loved her card-playing days with her special friends. Also, family was so special to her all through her life. The family had many get-togethers, laughed, played cards and had so much fun, leaving so many special memories.
She is survived by her children: sons Richard J. Walters Jr., wife Lorna of Payette, Idaho, Randy D. Walters of Brookings; daughter Sherlyn “Sherry” K. Walters of Brookings; grandchildren Annette (Walters) White of Bend, Tammy (Walters) Dichter-Tuller husband Jeff of Boise, Idaho; David B. Allen, wife Angelique of Brookings and Wendi (Allen) Jett of Sacramento; great-grandchildren Cory White, U.S. military, Alexandra Allen and Gabriel Allen of Brookings, Keenan Allen, wife Cortney of Brookings, Hunter Jett of Sacramento, Hanna Dichter and Josh Dichter and Liam Tuller-Dichter of Boise; and great-great granddaughter Kaylynn Allen of Brookings.
Betty Jo was preceded in death by her loving husband Richard, parents; and two sisters and their husbands Gwen and Bob Simmering, and Jean and Del Barber and many other loved ones and friends.
In honor of Betty Jo’s wishes, no service is planned.
Betty Jo’s wish was when she’s being remembered, please think fun and happy thoughts while enjoying nature — the ocean, lakes, forest, flowers, etc.
Her children have been so blessed having had such loving, caring parents. She will be forever missed and loved!
Submitted by the family.